FROM David Waggoner
Days of rain, years of pain As Tropical Storm Harvey moves on to Louisiana, the toll in Texas so far is 19 dead and 8500 rescued, with disasters declared in 33 Texas counties. Two weeks ago, few people had even heard of Hurricane Harvey. Now tens of thousands in Houston have lost all they had. Disasters happen in a flash. President Trump has promised recovery fast -- but historically, it's agonizingly slow, after the TV cameras and crowds of reporters have moved on. Just 12 years ago, Katrina struck Louisiana, raising questions Houstonians are asking today: where do they stay? Can they work? Can their kids go to school? We hear who's hurt most when disaster strikes — and the need to plan for the future — while some urban areas learn about "living with water."
Hurricane Protection Diminished by Eroding Wetlands in the Gulf Yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama was in New Orleans to address a crowd at Xavier University. He assured the crowd that his administration is “working to restore protective wetlands and natural barriers” that have been disappearing for decades. But while we focus attention on restoring the wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi, significant erosion by ship channels and oil pipelines pose an equal, if not greater threat. Is full restoration possible? What would it mean for oil companies, shipping and the fishing industry?
Hurricane Protection Diminished by Eroding Wetlands in the Gulf Yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama was in New Orleans to address a crowd at Xavier University. He assured the crowd that his administration is "working to restore protective wetlands and natural barriers that were not only damaged by Katrina… but had been rapidly disappearing for decades." Katrina and the Gulf oil spill have re-focused attention on the decades-old goal of restoring the wetlands at the mouth of the Mississippi. But so much has been eroded away by ship channels and oil pipelines that current efforts may not be enough even to maintain the status quo. Is full restoration possible? What would it cost? What would it mean for oil companies, shipping and the fishing industry?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.